MGT516: SANS Live Online Europe January 2022 Volume 2

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What You Will Learn

Stop Treating Symptoms. Cure The Disease.

This course will show you the most effective ways to mature your vulnerability management program and move from identifying vulnerabilities to successfully treating them. You will learn how to move past the hype to successfully prioritize the vulnerabilities that are not blocked, then clearly and effectively communicate the risk associated with the rest of the vulnerabilities in your backlog that, for a variety of reasons, cannot currently be remediated. You'll also learn what mature organizations are doing to ease the burden associated with vulnerability management across both infrastructure and applications as well as across both their cloud and non-cloud environments.

This Course Will Prepare You To:
  • Create, implement, and mature your vulnerability management program
  • Establish secure and defensible enterprise and cloud computing environments
  • Build an accurate and useful inventory of IT assets in the enterprise and the cloud
  • Identify existing vulnerabilities and understand how to meaningfully use this information
  • Better analyze the output of VM tools and related technology to make the data more actionable
  • Prioritize vulnerabilities for treatment based on a variety of techniques
  • Effectively report and communicate vulnerability data within your organization
  • Understand treatment capabilities and better engage with treatment teams
  • Make vulnerability management more fun and engaging for all those involved
MGT516 provides you with the information you need to skillfully fight the VM battle. Learning is reinforced through lab exercises, including the Cyber42 game. The game puts students in the driver's seat for the fictional Everything Corporation ("E-Corp"). Students will have to select three major initiatives throughout the course that will mature E-Corp's VM program, and they'll also need to choose how to respond to 13 realistic events that are sure to have an impact on their program. Depending on how students respond, E-Corp's security culture and the maturity of the different components of its VM program will be impacted. These tabletop exercises will enable students to put the skills they are learning into practice when they return to work at their own organizations.

Succeed Where Many Are Failing

Vulnerability, patch, and configuration management are not new security topics. In fact, they are some of the oldest security functions. Yet, we still struggle to manage these capabilities effectively. The quantity of outstanding vulnerabilities for most large organizations is overwhelming, and all organizations struggle to keep up with the never-ending onslaught of new vulnerabilities in their infrastructure and applications. When you add in the cloud and the increasing speed with which all organizations must deliver systems, applications, and features to both their internal and external customers, security may seem unachievable.

This course highlights why many organizations are still struggling with vulnerability management and shows students how to solve these challenges. How do we manage assets successfully and analyze and prioritize vulnerabilities? What reports are most effective? How do we deal with vulnerabilities in our applications, and how do we treat them? How do we make vulnerability management fun and get everyone to engage in the process? We'll not only answer these questions, but also examine how the answers change as we move to the cloud, implement the private cloud, or roll out DevOps within our organizations.

The primary goal of this course is to help you succeed where many are failing and to present solutions to the problems many organizations are experiencing or will experience as they mature. Whether your vulnerability management program is well established or just starting, this course will help you think differently about vulnerability management.

By understanding common issues and how to solve them, you will be better prepared to meet the challenges ahead and guide your IT teams and the broader organization to successfully treat vulnerabilities. Through discussion-based labs and other exercises in the MGT516 course, you will learn specific analysis and reporting techniques. The Cyber42 game will allow you to experience the issues you may face when building out your own program or responding to events in your environment.

The course is based on the Prepare, Identify, Analyze, Communicate, and Treat (PIACT) Model:
  • Prepare: Define, build, and continuously improve the program
  • Identify: Identify vulnerabilities present in our operating environments
  • Analyze: Analyze and prioritize identified vulnerabilities and other program tasks to provide meaningful assistance and guidance to stakeholders and program participants
  • Communicate: Present the results of your analysis appropriately and effectively to all stakeholder groups to help them understand the corresponding risks and treatment options
  • Treat: Implement, test, and monitor solutions to vulnerabilities, vulnerability groups, and broader issues identified by the program
What About The Cloud?

Knowing that many organizations are adopting cloud services in addition to more traditional operating environments, we'll also look at different cloud service types throughout the course and how they impact the program. We will highlight some of the tools and processes that can be leveraged in each of these environments and present new and emerging trends.

  • Student manuals containing the entire course content and lab introductions and debriefs
  • Access to lab materials and bonus content on the class website
  • Cyber42 Cybersecurity Leadership Simulation Game Days
  • Operational Cybersecurity Executive Triad
  • Rekt Casino Hack Assessment Operational Series: Vulnerability Management Gone Wrong
  • SANS Vulnerability Management Maturity Model Poster
  • SANS 2020 Vulnerability Management Survey, Nov 2020
  • SANS 2020 Vulnerability Management Survey: A Panel Discussion, Nov 2020
  • SANS Vulnerability Management Maturity Model, Aug 2020
  • How to Communicate about Security Vulnerabilities, Jan 2020
  • Cloud Security Vulnerabilities, Management, and Communication, Dec 2019
  • Security Vulnerability Prioritization: Managing Millions of Vulns, Nov 2019
  • Five Keys for Successful Vulnerability Management, June 2019
  • Next-Gen Vulnerability Management: Clarity, Consistency, and Cloud, June 2019
  • Cloud Security Courses
    • SEC540: Cloud Security and DevOps Automation
    • SEC510: Multicloud Security Assessment & Defense
    • SEC541: Cloud Monitoring and Threat Hunting
    • SEC588: Cloud Penetration Testing
  • Management Courses
    • SEC566: Implementing and Auditing the Critical Security Controls
    • MGT551: Building and Leading Security Operations Center
    • SEC557: Continuous Automation for Enterprise and Cloud Compliance
    • MGT521: Driving Cybersecurity Change: Establishing a Culture of Protect, Detect, and Respond


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